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Cross Stitch Gold January 2017

Cross Stitch Gold is the ultimate collection of cross stitch designs for experienced stitchers. With eight inspirational projects from the world’s best designers in every issue, you’ll be spoiled for choice of glorious gifts for friends and family.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
Back issues only
$10.94(Incl. tax)

in this issue

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So what if it’s a little cold and dark outside? The beauty of stitching is that it can transport you to a much sunnier, exotic world when you need it most. And that’s exactly what we have in mind for you, with this your latest issue of Cross Stitch Gold … We have a beautiful butterfly cushion by Fiona Baker (p52), pretty French bicycle hoop courtesy of Durene Jones (p20) and fabulous Flamenco design from Lesley Teare (p12) – all intended to help you shake off the new year blues and bring a little sunshine into your life! We also have a very cute, jute shopping bag (p46), a perfect gift idea for a shopaholic friend, and of course, there are our seriously adorable cover stars, the darling ducklings by Maria…

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little quackers

Meet the designer Maria Diaz a passion for needlecraft, since learning to sew as a child on her great-grandmother’s ancient foot-treadled Singer. After art college she was lucky enough to land a job as a printer that led to her becoming DMC’s first in-house designer, where she worked for eight years. She is now an independent designer and lives in the Midlands with her two little boys, Lincoln and Hudson. “I love the new life that comes with springtime, and I wanted these little ducks among the flowers to represent this aspect of the season!” Stitcher’s guide This duckling design is worked on 28-count white evenweave over two threads of the fabric, in 29 shades of stranded cotton. The backstitch is worked in one strand and the cross stitch in one or two strands of…

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maria diaz’s designer secrets

In the frame I’ve designed my spring ducklings scene within a circular cross stitched frame, using colours that extend out from the main design. This frame device helps to give the picture additional focus and depth, especially as the bottom part of the scene spills out from this rounded frame shape, offering the finished picture a three-dimensional quality. Just make sure you keep an especially close eye on the chart as you stitch this part of the design, to ensure the circular shape remains nice and smooth. A gentle outline I felt that black thread would be too harsh to use for the backstitch in such a sweet and delicate stitched scene, so instead I have used dark smoke grey for the backstitch detail on both the ducklings’ faces and the detail on…

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coming soon in cross stitch gold

If Maria’s duo of ducks has got you in a flap, you’ll love our pair of parrots designed by Fiona Baker, coming up in the next issue of Cross Stitch Gold . These colourful characters are a perfect stitch for nature lovers and will add an exotic touch to any room when finished and framed! With their bright colours standing out against a pale background, they make an enjoyable project for experienced stitchers. You’ll find these feathered friends in issue 136 of Cross Stitch Gold (US 60 May/June), on sale 14th February 2017.…

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have your say

Works of art I recently stitched these exhibits for charity. They are artworks by prolific Filipino National Artist Fernando Amorsolo, who is believed to have had a total artistic output in the tens of thousands! His family’s art foundation authorised the conversion of 26 of his paintings to cross stitch, working with DMC Philippines. With aida as canvas, needle as brush, threads as paints and patterns as inspiration, cross stitching brings out the artist in me, albeit a frustrated one! I feel transported to the time and place, capturing the scene side by side with the artist. Grace Perez, Philippines Zeena: A fantastic way to look at your hobby, Grace, and what wonderful stitching too – fabulous interpretations of this artist’s work. Christmas magic I loved Durene Jones’ Christmas sampler in issue 132 and decided to…

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gold star letter

Cotswold creation While on holiday this year I visited a lovely picturesque village in the Cotswolds called Bourton-on-the-Water. They have some lovely shops, and among these was a little sewing shop, so of course I had to go in and browse! The owners of the shop designed this kit – it’s one where you can adapt elements and personalise it yourself. I changed a few things and put a year date on it. I am so happy with the finished result, and it now hangs proudly in my craft room. Linda West, Isle of Man Zeena: Love it! Thanks for sharing! This super sampler would certainly add a touch of style to any craft den.…